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Plone

20 Ratings

Adobe Business Catalyst

58 Ratings
Score 7.8 out of 101

Plone

20 Ratings
Score 5.4 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Business Catalyst

The service provision is good the accounts customer service is poor so I would struggle to give BC a better than average review, if only they could offer customers a better accounts service then the value would be much higher.
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Plone

The larger your organization, the more appropriate Plone will be. This is not to say that Plone is a worse choice for small websites, only that the minimum investment for a Plone site is certainly higher than for other platforms. If you already use Plone for your site and are looking for a redesign or an overhaul, I would only advise switching to a different platform such as WordPress or Drupal if your organization is downsizing. For any other situation, Plone is the natural choice for your growth.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.5
Plone
WYSIWYG email editor
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.7
Plone
Dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.9
Plone
Ability to test dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.3
Plone
Landing pages
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.6
Plone
A/B testing
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
Plone
Mobile optimization
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.0
Plone
Email deliverability
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.2
Plone
List management
Adobe Business Catalyst
3.3
Plone
Triggered drip sequences
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.8
Plone

Lead Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
1.9
Plone
Lead nurturing
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.9
Plone
Lead scoring and grading
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.3
Plone
Data quality management
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.5
Plone
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.9
Plone

Campaign Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
2.5
Plone
Calendaring
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.6
Plone
Event/webinar marketing
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.4
Plone

Social Media Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst
8.2
Plone
Social sharing and campaigns
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.8
Plone
Social profile integration
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.6
Plone

Reporting & Analytics

Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Plone
Dashboards
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.1
Plone
Standard reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Plone
Custom reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.2
Plone

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.3
Plone
9.7
API
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.7
Plone
9.7
Role-based workflow & approvals
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Plone
Customizability
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.1
Plone
Integration with Salesforce.com
Adobe Business Catalyst
5.5
Plone
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
9.7

Security

Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
10.0
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
10.0

Web Content Creation

Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
7.7
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
7.8
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
9.0
Admin section
Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
8.0
Page templates
Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
7.6
Library of website themes
Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
3.8
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
7.4
Publishing workflow
Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
10.0
Form generator
Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
8.0

Web Content Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
7.9
Content taxonomy
Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
9.4
SEO support
Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
9.0
Bulk management
Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
6.3
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
7.4
Community / comment management
Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
7.7

Pros

  • Probably one of the easiest e-commerce platforms to work in, it does take setup, but compared to a lot of other e-commerce solutions, this is probably the best one that I have seen that can be designed and implemented custom.
  • Their template system works very well and allows you to create and re-use templates across Adobe Business Catalyst.
  • Their pre-built modules are great, giving people a great way to use common web elements without having to use a plug-in or find some solution, it is simply built in and generally works exactly as you would expect.
  • Adobe Business Catalyst is more of an all-around solution, providing elements that most smaller companies would have a hard time figuring out, since it includes the ability to build websites, send and track e-mails, analytics. It really is a powerful tool that would typically require a fair amount of coding knowledge and expertise but with the system already built, it can be easily modified and edited by those with limited or no coding knowledge at all.
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  • Rock-solid technology stack. The python/Zope/Plone stack is as solid as anything else out there.
  • Highly customizable TTW, if needed, via the Zope Management Interface, or Diazo XSL-transform theme design.
  • Good support from core developers, lots of solid add-ons which address just about any needs.
  • Amazingly customizable workflow, permissions and security management.
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Cons

  • They do not have the ability to create and build custom plug-ins for use on websites.
  • They do not support every payment gateway, they support the major ones, and most others, but if you have some very unusual payment gateway, it might not be supported.
  • The custom web apps were absolutely one of my favorite parts of this system, and it is really a shame that they do not allow them to be used on all tiers of the website, you have to get the web commerce tier to edit and use them.
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  • Error messages are often cryptic, rising up with a traceback from deep in the system.
  • It's perhaps hard to control this, since add-ons will always bring uncontrolled elements to bear.
  • Perhaps some way to better visualize the source of the problem? End users should never see a traceback.
  • TTW design options. In fact, Diazo based theming is remarkably powerful, and there are many tools for TTW design, but to better integrate this essential part of web development would make for a more useful end product.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Business Catalyst9.4
Based on 10 answers
Adobe Business Catalyst is our go-to web CMS and, until something comes along that is a lot better, we're going to continue using it to develop our lead-generating websites.
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Plone8.3
Based on 10 answers
I have no desire to do work with such an archaic platform where documentation is old and incomplete and the existing plugins and what not are also very old and not well maintained.
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Usability

Adobe Business Catalyst9.7
Based on 4 answers
It's easy to log in; areas are well marked, and support is available if needed.
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No score
No answers yet
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Reliability and Availability

Adobe Business Catalyst9.0
Based on 4 answers
very few issues with availability
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No score
No answers yet
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Performance

Adobe Business Catalyst8.2
Based on 1 answer
Very few issues
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Plone9.0
Based on 1 answer
Plone is very intensive in its operations, and if not configured well it can be slow. However it is designed and built with speed in mind and with proper use of coding, templates and caching can perform extremely well under high loads. It is capable of scaling to very high load availability environments with no specific coding requirements.
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Support

Adobe Business Catalyst8.6
Based on 5 answers
The support provided by Adobe is excellent. Though the knowledge base, forums, blogs and online chat questions most all answers can be found. In the event that you are unable to find an answer or you have a unique situation simply post a question to the forums. These forums are regularly monitored by Adobe and its users.
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No score
No answers yet
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Online Training

Adobe Business Catalyst8.6
Based on 2 answers
bcgurus.comkiyuco
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No score
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Implementation

Adobe Business Catalyst9.6
Based on 3 answers
Pretty easy to do
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No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

As far as the CMS for BC goes, there is none out there that compares. In the past we have utilized Joomla, Wordpress, Mambo, Drupal, Concrete 5 and others. None of them were as easy to use and train on that Adobe's Business Catalyst. Our alternative to BC is WordPress when our clients want a less expensive solution. For the most part that works OK but we have had issues with plugin incompatibility among other issues. We lost at least two clients because of similar issues. The other great part about BC's solution is that we can still work with our favorite site creation tool - Dreamweaver. The whole process continues to be more and more simplified with added features to the system. No other solution (that we've found) offers such an easy way to create custom web sites that are easily editable by our clients.
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We selected Plone for the ease of use.
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Scalability

Adobe Business Catalyst9.0
Based on 2 answers
It's easy to build small sites or large sites and there is lots of templating.
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No score
No answers yet
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Return on Investment

  • Has allowed us to develop websites about 25-50% faster when compared with WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Umbraco, Modx, Miva, etc.
  • Has eliminated the need to manually updated the content management system, which is the main weakness of WordPress
  • Has become our default web content management system, which has led to website development driving growth for our business in addition to our strategic marketing consulting and research services
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  • Reduced emails in the service desk inbox is a reached objective.
  • Increased employee efficiency is not really measurable.
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Pricing Details

Adobe Business Catalyst

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Plone

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details